Friday, February 28, 2014

Russian Ex-Official Pays Steward, Airline Over Drunken Brawl

A former Russian deputy governor who forced a plane to make an emergency landing after drunkenly attacking a flight attendant has had charges against him dropped Thursday after paying compensation to the offended parties. Former Chelyabinsk deputy governor Andrei Tretyakov hit the headlines in December after being arrested for assaulting a steward who refused to let him to use a business class toilet. Tretyakov was traveling economy on a Krasnoyarsk-Moscow flight, which was forced to land midway in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk as a result of the incident. Flight attendant Anton Chernyshov, who police said was hospitalized with bruising and a head injury after the sustained attack, says the former deputy governor paid him 1.25 million rubles ($34,700) in damages. Chernyshov said he asked a court in the Siberian city of Ob to drop the case after receiving compensation. Tretyakov told the court Thursday that he had also paid the airline, Globus, “about 300,000 rubles” ($8,300) for the aborted flight. He had been facing up to two years in prison for causing bodily harm to the flight attendant.

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